Life at the end of the road

October 20, 2011

Wonky wildlife :-)

Filed under: animals, daily doings, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 5:24 am

Actually there’s nothing wrong with the wildlife, it’s me that’s a little wonky, 5:00am and I’ve been up for an hour 😦 Can’t blame it on the moon, as that’s just about as far is it can be from either a full or new moon. The clock’s haven’t changed yet so I can’t have a rant about that particular bit of lunacy that messes me up for weeks. It just seems that my body is desperate to get up, right enough it did go to bed at 21:00 and I did have a wee sleep in the mess room at lunch time 🙂

It was the first full day back on the ferry yesterday and what a day it was, fresh blasts of icy north wind tempered by lots of sunshine and the first dusting of snow on the Cuillins, the Applecross peninsular and the Five Sisters of Kintail. Not that I saw any of that as I headed south at 6:30am to start my day.

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No the first thing I saw was this young stag in the middle of the road just after the Rubh Crion 🙂 OK, I know it’s a cr4p picture, that’s the little ‘blob’ on the left, just above the spare wheel 🙂

The day at work was pleasant enough with plenty of sunshine to tempt a few tourists over to Raasay and a commercial or two for the new build on the Avenue and Raasay House.

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Our resident heron seems to be getting bolder as he realizes that we’re not a threat, but there was no sign of the pied wagtail that checks the deck for crumbs every evening 🙂

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There were three golden eagles soaring high above Sconser as we landed there at 9:20, two adults and a juvenile,

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I know it’s another cr4p picture 🙂

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And this one of Eyre light, point and the mainland north of Applecross ain’t much better, but it was the first snow of the winter and deserved a shot 🙂

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The late afternoon was not quite so nice with the odd shower and thick cloud but both the wind and swell, that had made landing/boarding on Raasay ‘interesting’ eased with the ebbing tide. This is Rubh na Cloiche, the Caol Mhor between Scalpay and Raasay and the Sgeir Dhearg (Red Rocks)  getting bathed in a rainbow.

Anyway, it’s now after 6:00am so I’d better be getting my act together and heading off for work, I’ve a date with a sewage plant compressor 🙂

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11 Comments »

  1. We’re staying overnight on Sunday in Glasgow, and will be travelling through Skye on Monday, for the 1800 sailing to Lochmaddy.

    Comment by francesp — October 20, 2011 @ 9:50 am

  2. Hi Paul 10/10 for spotting the deer 11/10 for getting the photo But those rainbows why do they never seem to be where you see them starting from in the distance. Example yesterday we were leaving LLandudno on the coast road heading towards Liverpool and wow we spotted a lovely rainbow in the distance obviously starting at the petrol station on the motorway, when we reach there it seemed to have moved further on and same thing again. Do you get the same phenomena. Also hows that pipe treating you Walter

    Comment by polite Scouser — October 20, 2011 @ 11:24 am

    • Hi Walter,

      from Wikipedia
      “It is impossible for an observer to manoeuvre to see any rainbow from water droplets at any angle other than the customary one (which is 42 degrees from the direction opposite the Sun). Even if an observer sees another observer who seems “under” or “at the end” of a rainbow, the second observer will see a different rainbow further off-yet, at the same angle as seen by the first observer. Thus, a “rainbow” is not a physical object, and cannot be physically approached.It is impossible for an observer to manoeuvre to see any rainbow from water droplets at any angle other than the customary one (which is 42 degrees from the direction opposite the Sun). Even if an observer sees another observer who seems “under” or “at the end” of a rainbow, the second observer will see a different rainbow further off-yet, at the same angle as seen by the first observer. Thus, a “rainbow” is not a physical object, and cannot be physically approached.”

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow

      A friend of mine said he’d cycled under one once, that was I knew he really had taken LSD 🙂
      Tune in soon for more ‘pipeworks’ 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 23, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

      • So Paul I’ll never find that pot of gold if the start of the rainbow is not there in the first place. Just my luck!!

        Comment by Polite Scouser — October 23, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

  3. Thanks for all the lovely photos. Almost makes me wish I still lived on Skye. ..not quite as I like being retiredLOL
    Eileen

    Comment by eileen scott — October 20, 2011 @ 4:07 pm

    • Hi Eileen,

      glad you like the photo’s, can’t wait to retire myself 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 23, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

  4. Hi Paul.
    On my way up your way (well Mallaig) this evening, hopefully not to many deer on the road driving through Glencoe. Might pop over next week, although the winter ferry service from Mallaig to Armadale has started which doesnt help the travel plans 😦

    Comment by Simon — October 21, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

  5. Hi Paul, Just found your blog of Raasay life, it brings back many happy memories of both my times living on Raasay and the memories of you taking me over to Scalpay for a few days back in spring 2000. Give my regards to all on the Island. Jeff Ostle

    Comment by Jeff Knine — October 24, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

    • Morning Jeff,

      glad you found me again, was it really so long ago?? did I have my son on board then in his nappies 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 25, 2011 @ 3:52 am

      • Yep it was that long ago, no you didn’t have a young one at the time congratulations on that. I’m happily settled in West Yorks now. With a busy festival summer running a litter/recycling business. How life moves on. 🙂

        Comment by Jeff Knine — October 25, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

      • Morning Jeff,

        strange indeed where life can take you 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 26, 2011 @ 6:11 am


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